Fringe reviews

Reviews of theater and performing arts events in the Philadelphia Fringe Festival. Phindie is providing more critical coverage of the festival than any other publication in Philadelphia.

The Living Newspaper Liz Magic Laser 2013 Philadelphia Fringe review photo

[30] THE LIVING NEWSPAPER (Liz Magic Laser): Fringe review

Given that you have to sit suffering through the disgraceful This is Not a Theater, it’s almost irrelevant to review THE LIVING NEWSPAPER, but NEWSPAPER is at least a “show” (read…

Aleksandra Bercynski. How to Make Potato Salad. Fringe review.

[29] HOW TO MAKE POTATO SALAD (Aleksandra Berczynski & MB Grupa Realizacji): Fringe review

Three potatoes, peeled with difficulty (“you drive me as crazy as my date will”) by long fingernails and diced Two apples, crudely peeled (“how come no one told me how…

This is Not a Theater Fringe review

[28.1] THIS IS NOT A THEATER (Navin Rawanchaikul, Navin Production): Fringe review

Navin Rawanchaikul has created an epic portrait of the history of Philly’s historic Plays and Players Theater. Hundreds of faces have been painted with photographic realism in dynamic, often silly…

And Tell Sad Stories of the Death of Queens Blue Suede Fringe review

[27] AND TELL SAD STORIES OF THE DEATHS OF QUEENS (Blue Suede Productions): Fringe review

Two young guys who moved here from Tennessee in 2012 started their own theater company, which they named Blue Suede Productions as a tribute to Elvis. John-Thomas Appling and Chris…

Life and Times, Nature Theater of Oklahoma, Fringe review

[26] LIFE AND TIMES: EPISODE 1 (Nature Theater of Oklahoma): Fringe review

From the supremely innovative New York company that brought the hilarious Romeo and Juliet to the 2011 Philly Fringe, LIFE AND TIMES: EPISODE 1 begins a twelve-hour five-part marathon on…

Brian Sanders' JUNK Hush Now Sweet High Heels and Oak Fringe review

[25] HUSH NOW SWEET HIGH HEELS AND OAK (Brian Sanders’ JUNK): Fringe review

Choreographer par excellence Brian Sanders creates a psycho-sexual dreamscape of children’s fairy tales and nursery rhymes morphing into adult erotic fantasies in HUSH NOW SWEET HIGH HEELS AND OAK. Multiple…

Enlightenment on E Floor North by Strange Attractor Theatre. Fringe Review

[24.1] ENLIGHTENMENT ON E FLOOR NORTH (Strange Attractor Theatre Company): Fringe review

“You’re not here.” “Yes I am.” “But you’re not supposed to be here.” —ENLIGHTENMENT ON E FLOOR NORTH Someone once said that war is months of utter boredom interspersed with…

Spoon River Anthology 2013 Philly Fringe review

[23] SPOON RIVER ANTHOLOGY (Manayunk Roxborough Art Center): Fringe review

Almost one hundred years ago, Edgar Lee Masters began publishing poems from the point of view of the deceased residents of Spoon River, a lightly-fictionalized version of the small towns…

Gayze: A Real Life Webseries. Fringe review 2013

[22] GAYZE: A REAL LIVE WEBSERIES (MJ/JT): Fringe review

GAYZE: A REAL LIVE WEBSERIES is rough around the edges, without a doubt. The cast aims for the cartoonish a lot of the time, and the show lays on rather…

Saint Joan, Betrayed, Mary Tuomanen, 2013 Philly Fringe review

[21] SAINT JOAN, BETRAYED (Aaron Cromie & Mary Tuomanen): 2013 Fringe review

This town knows Aaron Cromie, polymath of the arts—puppeteer, performer, director, designer of puppets, sets, and props; choreographer, musician, teacher, and writer. What else? I know there’s even more.  So…

The Society 2013 Philadelphia Fringe review

[7.2] THE SOCIETY (Jo Strømgren Kompani): Fringe review

Let’s be real: Most theater we see these days is at least a little bit pretentious. The very nature of theater is based in pretense. We are asked to believe…

Traveling Light by Lindsay Harris Friel Fringe review. Photo by Kyle Cassidy

[13.2] TRAVELING LIGHT (Liam’s Sofa Cushion Fortress): Fringe review

This play travels anything but light, but for aficionados—as I am—of talented and doomed Joe Orton or for those fascinated by Brian Epstein (the man who made the Beatles), the…

Pig Iron Pay Up 2013 Philadelphia Fringe review

[20] PAY UP (Pig Iron Theatre Company with The University of the Arts): Fringe review

This is not a play. Therefore this is not a review, but a warning. If you’re looking to sit in a darkened theater watching actors execute a full-length script start-to-finish,…

Holly's Dead Soldiers 2013 Fringe Festival

[19] HOLLY’S DEAD SOLDIERS (Bruce Walsh, Douglas Williams, Chris Davis): Fringe review

The play transpires in and around Bruce Walsh’s living room. (September 14 performances will take place at the home of Doug Williams.) Three collaborating playwrights share a sense of community that…

Antihero. Tribe of Fools. 2013 Philly Fringe review

[18] ANTIHERO (Tribe of Fools Theatre Company): Fringe review

Although founded ten years ago, Tribe of Fools Theatre Company really burst onto the scene with its inimitable Fringe ‘11 offering, Heavy Metal Dance Fag.  Like that show, this year’s production mixes…

Tough Cookies Together We Act Fringe Review

[17] TOUGH COOKIES (Together We Act): Fringe review

First, the elephant in the room: Together We Act is a non-profit theater company for people who stutter. Now, it doesn’t take a cynical theater critic to draw the conclusion…

The Safe Word is Begonia Fringe review

[16] THE SAFE WORD IS BEGONIA (B. Someday Productions): Fringe review

Walking Fish Theatre has won accolades (including a 2010 Barrymore) for its programs in education and children’s theater. But Ari Flamingo’s THE SAFE WORD IS BEGONIA is certainly not for…

Go Long Big Softie. Photo by Kate Raines. 2013 Philly Fringe Festival

[15] GO LONG BIG SOFTIE (Groundswell Players): Fringe review

As I watch TV and lament the opportunities missed by my fantasy football team (Why didn’t I start Jimmy Graham? I’m an idiot, that’s why.) I am reminded of the…

David Stanger stars as K in the Idiopathic Ridiculopathy Consortium’s THE CASTLE (Photo credit: Johanna Austin, austinart.org) Fringe Review

[14] THE CASTLE (Idiopathic Ridiculopathy Consortium): Fringe review

Though Franz Kafka’s work is not categorized as theater of the absurd per se, his writings have been cited as important predecessors of the genre. So it is fitting that…

Traveling Light. Lindsay Harris Friel, Fringe Review. Kyle Cassidy

[13.1] TRAVELING LIGHT (Liam’s Sofa Cushion Fortress): Fringe review

Entering the Adrienne’s Skybox into Liam’s Sofa Cushion Fortress Philadelphia premiere production of TRAVELING LIGHT, I was worried. I normally abhor plays hinged around real-life famous people, like Steve Martin’s…